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Young Marco

It now seems a long time since DJ/​producer Mar­co Sterk AKA Young Mar­co was one of the Ams­ter­dam underground’s best-kept secrets. Although he spent the best part of a decade hon­ing his craft, Mar­co has been head­line news since the turn of the decade and his upward tra­jec­to­ry shows no signs of stopping.


An obses­sion with off-kil­ter, the obscure and unusu­al has become a hall­mark of his music pro­duc­tions, too. Once a key part of the Rush Hour fam­i­ly, in 2011 Mar­co made his debut on Lovefin­gers’ ESP Insti­tute label. His first two EPs for the label set out his now-trade­mark style, while his 2014 debut album Biol­o­gy was well received by crit­ics and listeners. 

Sum­mer 2019 saw the release of Mar­co’s sec­ond album Bahasa’, a con­tri­bu­tion to Island of the Gods’ Island Explor­er’ series that was pro­duced fol­low­ing an exten­sive trip to his late Grandfather’s home coun­try of Indone­sia. The ambi­ent set includ­ed exten­sive con­tri­bu­tions from local musicians.

Giv­en these strong cre­den­tials, it makes sense that Mar­co has become a high­ly in-demand remix­er and re-edi­tor. Over the years, he’s deliv­ered inspired reworks for the likes of Prins Thomas, Joakim, Fran­cis Bebey and Van­ge­lis Kat­soulis. In 2015, the best of these revi­sions were gath­ered togeth­er on the Sor­ry for the late reply’ com­pi­la­tion. More recent­ly, Mar­co has pro­vid­ed sig­na­ture reworks for Swedish pop icon Robyn, Sebastien Tel­li­er and anoth­er for Indie-Dance heavy­weights Metronomy. 

Mar­co is no stranger to musi­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion either, join­ing forces with Ital­ian ambi­ent pio­neer Gigi Masin and UK musi­cian Jon­ny Nash to form the ambi­ent super group Gauss­ian Curve and deliv­er two time­less albums of head-in-the-clouds bliss for Ams­ter­dam’s Music From Mem­o­ry label. There’s no small­er mat­ter of his occa­sion­al stu­dio hook-ups with Jan Schulte (aka Wolf Muller) as Young Wolf. Over the years, both Gauss­ian Curve and Young Wolf have per­formed live, while sum­mer 2018 saw Mar­co’s first solo live show on the main stage at Hol­land’s Dek­man­tel Festival. 

With such a tight­ly packed stu­dio and DJ sched­ule, the Dutch­man still finds time to run Safe Trip, a record label he launched in 2015. Renowned for it’s colour­ful, synth-heavy and off-kil­ter sounds, the imprint was found­ed with two aims: to show­case work from like-mind­ed pro­duc­ers on the Dutch elec­tron­ic under­ground and to serve up crate-dig­ging reis­sues and com­pi­la­tions of less­er-known music from Mar­co’s vast col­lec­tion. So far, he has co-curat­ed three vol­umes of the acclaimed Ital­ian dream house’ series Wel­come To Par­adise’ on Safe Trip, as well as a per­son­al viluime of the acclaimed Selec­tors’ series on fel­low Ams­ter­dam imprint Dekmantel. 

Armed with an ever-chang­ing bag of unusu­al musi­cal delights, a head-full of ideas and a stu­dio full of vin­tage kit, Young Mar­co is set to push on in the years ahead. It looks like that upward tra­jec­to­ry will con­tin­ue for some time to come.

Latest updates

Young Marco's Boiler Room at Dekmantel Festival 2022

Young Marco's Boiler Room at Dekmantel Festival 2022

Young Marco's "Track IDs" playlist

Young Marco's "Track IDs" playlist

Young Marco releases new compilation

Young Marco releases new compilation

Young Marco's 'Still Mellow' EP

Young Marco's 'Still Mellow' EP

Young Marco on NTS Radio

Young Marco on NTS Radio

Young Marco remixes Marie Davidson

Young Marco remixes Marie Davidson

Young Marco Proto-trance compilation

Young Marco Proto-trance compilation

Young Marco Phonica mix

Young Marco Phonica mix

Young Marco remixes Sébastien Tellier

Young Marco remixes Sébastien Tellier

Unheard recordings from the Dekmantel archives

Unheard recordings from the Dekmantel archives

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